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MRSEC RET participants receive ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education: January 3, 2018

MRSEC RET participants Cassandra Knutson and Cassidy Javner, along with their faculty mentor Jane Wissinger of the UMN Center for Sustainable Polymers, have been selected as recipients of an ACS-CEI Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education, sponsored by the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI).

This award is an acknowledgement of the team's efforts to incorporate sustainability into the high school chemistry classroom through development of an annual three-day summer workshop for Minnesota high school chemistry teachers. The workshop includes a background and introduction to sustainability and green chemistry along with hands-on laboratory experiments that highlighted novel polymer experiments aligned with next generation science standards (NGSS). The 2017 workshop (June 20-22) was attended by 20 teachers.

RET Award Recipients

RET Advisor Professor Jane Wissinger, RET Participant Cassandra Knutson, RET Participant Cassidy Javner

The award will be presented at the 2018 ACS Spring Meeting in New Orleans (March 18-22) where Knutson, Javner, and Wissinger will present their work.

Applications for the 2018 RET Program and Teacher Workshop are now being accepted:
RET Program Description and Application
Workshop Registration

This workshop is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, and the Center for Sustainable Polymers.

Funded by the National Science Foundation through the University of Minnesota MRSEC under Award Number DMR-1420013

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